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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Daily Archives: 4 February 2009
I said Mass for Michael Dubruiel today, Amy Wellborn’s husband who died recently. Many people have helped to create a spiritual bouquet here. I note on Amy’s blog that arrangements for Michael’s funeral are posted. Also, she posted his last … Read More
Some sanity is starting to come to the surface. Check this from Zenit: On Jewish-Catholic Relations: Press "Got It Wrong" Jewish Leader Considers Future If Schism Isn’t Healed Salient quotes: Gary Krupp, founder and president of the Pave the … Read More
It’s a busy world, right? You are in a hurry. For that meal everyone says is sooooo important, what do you usually do? Grab a slice of the cold pizza from last night? Are you farmer, or eat like one, … Read More
From what I can tell, the traffic is pretty high today. Since this morning we have been running pretty slow. Sometimes it takes a while for pages to load. I mentioned yesterday that some work needed to be done on … Read More
I made the observation that the hysteria and hatred toward the Pope would escalate this week. Get this lunacy from AFP through Breitbart: Attacks on Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust denier escalated Monday, with … Read More
I am heading to the chapel to say Mass for Michael Dubruiel, who died yesterday. Alas, my server couldn’t come. So, you will have to unite yourselves in a special way and send your angels to the sacred action. SPIRITUAL … Read More
Remember that entry I posted wherein it was suggested that perhaps FOCA was a head-feint to distract the pro-life movement from the quieter agenda? This is in from CNA: ‘Prevention First Act’ greater threat than FOCA, pro-lifers warn Washington DC, … Read More
On the WaPo sites section On Faith, there is an interesting piece by Rabbi Irwin Kula about the reactions of Jews to the lifting the SSPX excommunications and business about the Holocaust. An author, Rabbi Kula is the President The … Read More
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger pipes up about the attacks on on his brother. “He doesn’t need me to defend him. But it angers me how unjust and badly informed the people who are attacking him are,” … “I always saw her … Read More
Chicago has had a bad year.
The Vatican’s Secretary of State today issued a Note, in Italian. It concerns the lifting of the excommunication of SSPX Bishop Williamson and the problems stirred in the press about his ideas concerning the Holocaust: NOTA DELLA SEGRETERIA DI STATO … Read More